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Jun 01, 2014

I've been getting a few PMs asking where the hell I am and how my new PC build is going, so I figured I should make a blog about it because I'm too lazy to type this out more than once.

As of right now, I am in a hold mode. The parts I initially looked at and put on a wish list at Newegg were:

Intel i5 4670k CPU
Noctua HSF
ASUS Z87-A motherboard
8GB Corsair Vengeance 1600Mhz DDR3
Thermaltake SmartPower SP-850M 850W modular PSU

I already have decent storage solutions (2 - WD Raptor 10,000RPM HDDs and a 500GB Seagate HDD) and a decent videocard (XFX R9 270X).

My case is an old FrozenCPU Blizzard 360, which is based on an Antec mid-tower case and modified at FrozenCPU with 3 120mm case fans. (2 side mounted fans and a blowhole fan on top) The 120mm case fans have all been replaced recently. The case is HUGE, with a mobo tray that slides out to mount the motherboard on it's standoffs outside of the case and then it just slides back in neatly. Because of the size of the case, I prefer to use a full size ATX motherboard.

I went ahead and already purchased the items that I knew weren't going to be too expensive to start out...the RAM and PSU. Since then while I save money up for the rest of the parts, I have been reading a lot of information on the Z87 chipset motherboards and watching YouTube videos on various PC builds and overclocking, trying to soak up as much info as I can to prepare me for the easiest way possible to get this thing done with the most performance available with the least amount of money spent. Along the way, I learned about the new Intel chipset motherboards that just came out this month, the Z97 chipset. From reading and watching, I found out that the biggest improvement the Z97 chipset has over the Z87 chipset is the Z97's compatability with the new Intel Devils Canyon CPUs being released next month. The Devils Canyon CPU is different from the existing Haswell CPUs in that the CPU voltage regulator for the Haswell CPU is right on the CPU die, whereas on the Devils Canyon CPUs the voltage regulator is removed from the CPU die and now relies on the CPU voltage regulator on the motherboard. The Haswell CPU got to be quite hot when overclocked due to the voltage regulator being on the CPU, and the theory behind moving the voltage regulator off of the CPU for the Devils Canyon chip is to provide better thermal qualities for better and more efficient overclocking.

So as it stands, I went to my wish list and already swapped out the ASUS Z87-A motherboard for an ASUS Z97-A motherboard as it is only 10 dollars more than the Z87-A. Now I am just waiting for the Devils Canyon CPUs to be released. Initial estimated price points seem to be just a few dollars more for the i5 4690k over the i5 4670k, but that's just an estimate. There's a very good possibility that the price on the new CPUs will be inflated when first released. So that may help me make the decision to stay with the 4670k. But if not, I will jump on the 4690k. There's also a very good possibility that once the new CPUs come out, the Z87 boards and Haswell CPUs might just drop enough in price to make me go back to my original wish list.

So exciting, eh?

Looking at all the estimates online about when the new Devils Canyon CPUs will hit store shelves, I may not be back on the track until late June, early July. And that's only if I don't get any surprises thrown at me that cost major $$$$. (Another kid?!) No! :)

I took my time and did the same waiting game and level of research with my previous PC build (C2D E8400 running at 4Ghz!), and it lasted me 5 years to this point, outside of graphics upgrades. I'm hoping that waiting for the latest gear this time helps me squeeze out many years on this build, and get the biggest bang for the buck as well.

7 comments | Last by Bob Fay Jul 14, 2014
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Mar 21, 2014

by TED NUGENT, recorded live at California Jam 2, Ontario Motor Speedway March 1978.

5 comments | Last by Mike Campbell Mar 23, 2014
Feb 02, 2014

After a couple of messages asking where I have been, I figured I should mention that my health is fine. I've just been terribly busy lately...

15 comments | Last by Garry Hedrick Feb 24, 2014
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Nov 23, 2013

by RUSH recorded in Dallas 2013. Another video preview of their new DVD release Clockwork Angels Tour.

This is one of those times, when the "live" version is much better than the "studio" version!

4 comments | Last by Rich Dozier Nov 27, 2013
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Nov 10, 2013

A very important event is on tonight on The Military Channel and simulcast on YouTube, called The Homeward Bound telethon. It's dedicated to all our veterans, but especially the ones suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries. The stars have come out tonight to help them. You can make your donation here:

www.homewardboundtelethon.org. Or call 855-824-7873, or text "VETERAN" to 41444.

I'm not really a emotional guy, but when it comes to our national heroes, the men and women in our US military, I get out of sorts. The stories they tell are mindblowing, and I can't imagine myself in some of the situations they describe. Most of them are just kids to me. Let's help them out!

2 comments | Last by Bob Fay Nov 11, 2013
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Oct 04, 2013

by P.O.D.

Very powerful song and video....one of my favorites.

1 comments | Last by John van der Geest Oct 07, 2013
Jul 17, 2013

3 comments | Last by Lynn Kincheloe Jul 17, 2013
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May 25, 2013

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hope the Indy 500 is more of the same!!!

3 comments | Last by Michael Virt May 26, 2013
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May 24, 2013

by LIVING COLOUR, recorded live on Letterman 1993

1 comments | Last by Pierre Romon May 24, 2013
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Apr 20, 2013

April 18, 2013

Video is of amateur quality, but still good.

Induction speech by Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins.

Acceptance speech by RUSH.

1 comments | Last by Chuck Napoli Apr 20, 2013
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